Wallace Foundation grants $1 million for Newman University science and health programs

Nov 05, 2015

Newman University has received a $1,000,000 grant from The Dwane L. and Velma Lunt Wallace Charitable Foundation to support the university’s science and health science programs.

“Newman is truly grateful for this gift that will not only help our students in the science, nursing and allied health fields, but also enhance the quality of care for the residents throughout the Wichita region as our highly trained graduates go on to work in local hospitals, clinics and health care facilities,” Newman President Noreen M Carrocci, Ph.D., said.

“Thanks to the foundation they established, the Wallaces continue to impact our community in so many positive ways. It’s really remarkable and a great legacy for Dwane and Velma and their family. We’re excited the Foundation made the decision to support student excellence through this grant,” Vice President for Advancement J.V. Johnston said.

Dwane Wallace, former chairman of Cessna Aircraft Co - Courtesy picture
Dwane Wallace, former chairman of Cessna Aircraft Company – courtesy picture

Mr. Wallace led the Cessna Aircraft Company from its dawning in 1934 through 1975 and was considered an industry pioneer. Mr. and Mrs. Wallace established their foundation in 1989. Its mission is to support a wide range of programs and organizations, primarily in Wichita, Kan., that add to the quality of life in the community they so loved and wanted to see continue to grow and prosper.

Over the years the Wallace’s philanthropic support provided financial assistance to community development and enhancement for like projects like Exploration Place. Gifts from the Wallaces promoted the arts and culture, education, and social services and needs.

Newman University Science, Nursing and Allied Health Programs Quick Facts:

  • Newman University offers science, nursing and allied health programs in:
    biology; chemistry/physics; forensic science; healthcare science; mathematics; nursing; nurse anesthesia; occupational therapy assistant; radiologic technology; respiratory care, sonography; sports medicine, and pre-dentistry, pre-engineering, pre-medicine, pre-occupational therapy, pre-optometry, pre-pharmacy, pre-physical therapy and pre-veterinary science.
  • 95 percent of Newman University pre-med graduates, who applied, have been accepted into medical schools for the past 15 years.
  • 100 percent of Newman students who applied for medical school admission were accepted in 2014.
  • 100 percent of current Newman students who interviewed for early admittance into the University of Kansas School of Medicine.
  • Two current Newman juniors have been accepted into KUSM’s Scholars in Rural Health program, a highly competitive program that places doctors in rural communities in need of medical professionals
  • Newman is the only nursing program in Kansas (out of 37) to have a 90 percent + pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX) over the past four years.
  • 96% of May 2015 nursing graduates passed the NCLEX on the first attempt.
  • 100 percent of Newman University occupational therapy assistant students passed the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) licensing test in 2014.
  • Newman University is on the list of 2015 STEM Jobs Approved Colleges for its programs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)